Micheal Piccolruaz climbs Sierra Madre, his second 8C
A great result in Zillertal18 March 2020
One of the most beautiful and hardest boulder in Austria for the boulderer of Val Gardena
Sierra Madre is a wonderful 8C line first climbed in 2018 by Florian Schmalzl on the Zillertal granite and then repeated by Alfons Dornauer, Jakob Schubert and Christof Rauch. All these very strong and authoritative climbers agreed that it is an exceptional boulder problem, certainly one of the best in the valley and in their career.
Three days ago it was our Michael Piccolruaz, who studies in Innsbruck, who made the fifth repetition of Sierra Madre, which thus becomes his second 8C. Michael posted the video of the climb on Instagram while on 8a.nu he commented:
"Probably the happiest I've ever been after topping out a Boulder! Finally, it happened. This means a lot to me! Cruising through the lower part and falling on those last 2 moves over and over again made this such a crazy mental battle. But with the right conditions, shape, skin, people around me to distract me during the failed attempts, it just had to happen. Absolute king line! Props to Flo (Schmalzl) for establishing this beast."
Again on 8a.nu Piccolruaz reveals that he could have returned to Italy, but he preferred to stay in Innsbruck in order to go climbing outside. However, he says that "Now I still have to figure out whether it is better to get back home..."